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University of Minnesota Gophers softball season ends with loss in Alabama rematch

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

A second 1-0 loss to the Crimson Tide ended the Gophers’ record season.
By TOMMY DEAS Special to the Star Tribune

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Gophers softball team’s saga didn’t end how players wanted it to, nor where.

The Gophers fell 1-0 to Alabama on Sunday in the championship game of the Tuscaloosa Regional at Rhoads Stadium.

The Big Ten champions finished the season with a 56-5 record, and with some lingering indignation over how they were sent on the road as an unseeded team despite their record and credentials.

“This should have been a Super Regional game,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said.

“At least,” said Gophers coach Jessica Allister, indicating that the epic pitching duels between the teams could have been played at the Women’s College World Series.

Instead, it happened on Alabama’s home turf in front of more than 1,900 fans.

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  • Alabama’s bases-loaded walk ends Gophers’ winning streak at 26

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017

    By TOMMY DEAS Special to the Star Tribune
    May 20, 2017

    TUSCALOOSA, ALA. – The pitcher who never walks a batter walked in the run Saturday that ended the Gophers softball team’s 26-game winning streak and put it in the losers’ bracket at the Tuscaloosa Regional.

    Two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Sara Groenewegen issued her first walk of the day, and only her 30th of the year, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to give 16th-seeded Alabama a 1-0 victory at Rhoads Stadium.

    “Heck of a softball game,” Gophers coach Jessica Allister said of the extra-inning affair. “You’re looking at two of the best pitchers in the absolute country. You’re not going to find two better than them. That was a battle.”

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    Gophers edge Michigan in 10 innings for Big Ten softball title

    Sunday, May 15th, 2016

    By STAFF, NEWS SERVICES / MAY 15, 2016 — 12:38AM

    State College, Pa. – Sydney Fabian reached base in the 10th inning on an error and later scored on another miscue as the Gophers beat Michigan 4-3 on Saturday night in 10 innings in the championship game of the Big Ten softball tournament.

    Danielle Parlich hit a hard grounder to shortstop on the game-winning play, and the ball bounced away, allowing Fabian to score from second with a slide when the throw home was off target.

    “When you put the ball in play, good things happen,” Gophers coach Jessica Allister said. “It was just gritty, gritty, getting tough in the [batter’s] box.”

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